SMYRNA, Ga. (FOX 5 Atlanta) - The Smyrna Police Department is mourning the loss of their former chief this week.
Stanley Hook, the former Smyrna Chief of Police, passed away Tuesday morning. He was 80 years old.
The department released the following statement Tuesday regarding this passing:
“Chief Hook started with the Smyrna Police Department in December 1989 after retiring from the New York State Police, then again retiring from the Smyrna Police Department in December 2012.
“Chief Hook was a visionary leader for his time; Chief Hook was instrumental in helping modernize the police department’s computer technology program and the purchasing of modern crime fighting tools. Chief Hook also began the process of hiring diversity at the police department and the implementation of the community policing model which is still in practice today under the current leadership of Chief David Lee.
“During Chief Hook 23 years as the Chief of Police for the Smyrna, GA Police Department he made lots of friends. Chief was an avid golfer and a great family man. The men and women of the Smyrna Police Department are deeply saddened and impacted by the passing of Chief Hook.”
Chief Hooks leaves behind his wife, Patti, his two daughters, Joanne and Amanda, and several other family members.
Visitation will be held at the Carmichael’s Funeral Home located at 2950 King Street in Smyrna on Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. A memorial service will be held at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church located at 4300 King Springs Road in Smyrna at 10 a.m.